This August, more than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries around the world will converge in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Guests searching for an opulent place to stay during the spectacle (to be held from August 5 through 21) need look no further than the recently opened Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro. The second Grand Hyatt in Brazil and the first in Rio de Janeiro, the hotel provides sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Spacious guest rooms and suites overlooking the cobalt-blue Atlantic Ocean and Marapendi Lagoon feature mosaic floors and local Brazilian artwork. For the most sumptuous stay, guests can request one of two 1,561-square-foot Presidential Suites or the 2,100-square-foot Penthouse Suite that is equipped with a picturesque terrace and a plunge pool.
On-site dining options include: Tano Cucina Italiana, an upscale Italian trattoria with a rotating menu; Shiso, a Japanese sushi and sashimi restaurant; and Cantô Gastrô e Lounge that offers local cuisine and fresh juices. And if watching the Olympics inspires guests to do a little training of their own, the 24-hour fitness center—offering yoga and Brazilian dance classes, as well as cardio- and strength-training options—is sure to scratch the itch. While at the hotel, guests can undergo spa treatments or go sailing, kayaking, or paddleboarding. Nearby attractions include landmarks Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue. With gold-medal-worthy amenities and rooms, the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro is a true champion. (hyatt.com)